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Now that the major holidays are in the rearview mirror, workers have returned to upgrading a segment of Interstate 4 east of DeLand.

The Florida Department of Transportation advises motorists there will be intermittent nighttime lane closures in the stretch of I-4 between the Orange Camp Road and State Road 44 interchanges.

The travel lanes in the construction zone wi l l be milled, widened and resurfaced, and components of the Intelligent Transportation System will be installed.

In addition, sidewalks and pedestrian curb ramps will be rebuilt at the Exit 116 and Exit 118 interchanges. A signalized crosswalk will be provided at the I-4 ramp onto westbound S.R. 44 for enhanced pedestrian safety, according to the FDOT.

New signs will be placed along the interstate, along with new roadway markings.

P & S Paving Inc. of Daytona Beach is the contractor. The work zone is about 5.1 miles long. The FDOT will pay $9 million to P & S for the work.

The work, which started Nov. 29, was halted for the holidays. The project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2022.

What is Intelligent Transportation?

The Federal Highway Administration’s website gives a simple description of ITS:

“Transportation agencies across the country are using ITS to make travel through and around work zones safer and more efficient. ITS involves the use of electronics, computers and communications to collect information, process it, and take appropriate actions.”

ITS, for example, monitors traffic and provides information to travelers about congestion or accidents on the road ahead.

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